Mujeeb Jaihoon’s tribute to Abdul Gani Goni, a Kashmiri teacher, acquitted after illegally imprisoned for 23 years

Justice embarrassed in the mirror of humanity
Patience wept in the lap of forgiveness
A mother’s heart scorched in the furnace of pain,
For a glance of her son stolen by the Blind State.

For 23 Light Years,
A shallow story the State framed
Only to admit in the end,
They had shamelessly erred.

With neither personal vengeance nor legal recourse
That Son of India gifted his foes with forgiveness
The Maryada of the Nation of Ram, the Purushothaman
Is in forgiving the foe— so taught the Kashmir’s slandered Teacher.


Notes

A mother’s heart: Gani’s mother died while he was in prison. Despite her multiple attempts for parole, she could see her son on the deathbed.

Maryada Purushothaman: Literally meaning the ‘Perfect man’, Lord Ram, the Hindu deity, is known for his virtues of forgiveness and kindness.

July 28 2019

Abdul Gani Goni, a Kashmiri teacher, acquitted after illegally imprisoned for 23 years